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Earth - Plants can see, hear and smell – and respond

Plants, according to Jack C Schultz, "are just very slow animals".<p>This is not a misunderstanding of basic biology. Schultz is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and has spent four decades investigating the interactions between plants and …

Botany

The Moral Obligations You Have In Old Age

Recently I took a philosophy mini-course called "Conscientious Citizenship," which explored our moral obligations largely through the heroic image of Socrates, who accepted a death sentence as a matter of principle and loyalty to his nation.<p>Although several of us questioned Socrates' presumed …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bernie Sanders: Where We Go From Here

Onetime insurgent candidate is now in position to reshape Democratic Party and take on Trump<p>It feels like a bomb went off in Washington. In less than …

Ignore The Blockbusters, These Are The Greatest Videogames Of 2016

FIREWATCH<p><b>Platform(s):</b> Linux, Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One<p>Providing your system can handle the full spectrum of its sun-baked graphics,</i> …

Blockbusters

22 Books ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Are Reading Today

With the release of <i>Cursed Child</i> and the upcoming <i>Fantastic Beasts</i> movies, the <i>Harry Potter</i> series continues to live on. But if you’re a Potterhead …

Books

How 'Kingdom Come' Doubles Down on History

It's basically historical fiction without the traditional fantasy bits.<p>That any RPG would venture outside the realms of medieval fantasy is uncommon. …

Roman Empire

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'City of the Shroud' is an RPG with a truly player-driven story

Adventure and role-playing games have always focused on telling stories, and that tradition has permeated into almost every other genre. Whether with linear plots or with branching, adaptive tales, developers are putting story everywhere. And just as the technology powering games is evolving, so …

Physicist Says Our Universe Could Have Spawned From a Black Hole

What if the Big Bang was a black hole?<p>According to our best understanding of the Universe, if you travel back in time as far as you can, around 13.8 …

Physics

The Order of Three

Estimating the effort needed to complete a task is taken for granted in most industries and professions. Why is software so different?<p>Not only are …

Stop Using Story Points

Sprints, standups and story points have come to symbolize Agile methods much like burgers, fries and cola symbolize fast food.<p>Ready for your Agile …

Project Management

Icons As Part Of A Great User Experience

Icons are an essential part of many user interfaces, visually expressing objects, actions and ideas. When done correctly, they communicate the core …

Web Design

How it feels to learn JavaScript in 2016

<i>No JavaScript frameworks were created during the writing of this article.</i><p><i>The following is inspired by the article “It’s the future” from Circle CI.</i> …

JavaScript

How Vector Space Mathematics Reveals the Hidden Sexism in Language - MIT Technology Review

Back in 2013, a handful of researchers at Google set loose a neural network on a corpus of three million words taken from Google News texts. The …

Machine Learning

Sanders wants Democratic rules committee co-chairs removed. The DNC says, ‘no.’

The relationship between the Democratic National Committee and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) grew more heated Saturday after the DNC rejected his campaign’s request for the removal of the co-chairs of the standing committee on rules.<p>In a letter sent Friday, the Sanders campaign labeled the committee …

Government

Wall Street Eyes Dodd-Frank Changes in Spending Bill

House draft legislation would undercut financial regulatory law<p>A spending bill that funds watchdog agencies overseeing Wall Street will offer …

Jon Stewart compares Hillary Clinton's 'inauthenticity' to the 'weird lag' of playing a PC game on a Mac

The former host of "The Daily Show" told Axelrod that some politicians render "their inauthenticity in real time," while others do so with a bit of a lag.<p>"It's like when you have a Mac and you want to play a Microsoft game on it and there's that weird lag. That's Hillary Clinton," Stewart said …

Talk Shows

Alois Dvorzak’s one-way ticket to a lonely death in U.K. detention centre

During the last days of his life, Alois Dvorzak spent his nights pacing the corridors of a British immigration detention centre, convinced he would die there.<p>"I haven't got much time. I have to see my family," he tearfully told a custody officer.<p>His health was deteriorating. He had trouble eating …

Dead Star’s Escape Mode Let Us Relive The Best Episode Of Battlestar Galactica

You can invade people’s games in the <i>Souls</i> games, <i>Dying Light</i>, and <i>Watch Dogs</i>, but, until last week, Mike Fahey and I had never done an invasion quite …

Battlestar Galactica

'They sell you a dream': tech workers protest Clooney event for Clinton

Democrats marched against Democrats in San Francisco and revealed a widening rift between commuting tech workers and their venture capital bosses<p>After working in Silicon Valley for years, Morgan Quirk felt good protesting outside the home of a venture capitalist who funded tech startups and …

Middle-class

How No Man's Sky paints 18 quintillion worlds with an algorithmic brush

“I guess I work with other artists,” Grant Duncan, art director for Hello Games opened his talk with yesterday at the Game Developers Conference. …

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a historically accurate Skyrim

When you hear the words "Medieval" and "RPG" in the same sentence you probably think of hacking away at mystical dragons and monsters with your sword …

Now China Wants Okinawa, Site of U.S. Bases in Japan

Beijing is pushing out in all directions, from the South China Sea to several Japanese islands, with an eye on the eastern Pacific that laps American …

All the science fiction books you’ll want to binge read over the holidays | Ars Technica

Six new novels and four classics that will make your imagination explode.<p>The winter holidays are looming, and many of you will soon be spending time …

Science Fiction

This country has forbidden almost all forms of gun ownership — and it has as few as 2 gun-related homicides a year

I've heard it said that, if you take a walk around Waikiki, it's only a matter of time until someone hands you a flyer of scantily clad women clutching handguns, overlaid with English and maybe Japanese text advertising one of the many local shooting ranges.<p>The city's largest, the Royal Hawaiian …

Guns

The First Debate After the Paris Attacks Was Bad

Saturday's Democratic debate brought us fumbled responses on ISIS, rehashed zingers and gratuitous 9/11 references<p>Even before Hillary Clinton dropped …

Three ways to get your investments to pay you a monthly salary

It is a challenge many savers face: securing a reliable, frequent income from their investments.<p>Many want to use their assets to “pay them a wage”. But how?<p>Until recently, building such a portfolio would have proved difficult, as the norm was for investment funds and companies themselves to pay …

Finance

The 11 weirdest MMORPGs still online

The era of the massively multiplayer online game might be one of the strangest in PC gaming history. Some of the earliest online experiences were …

Lake Tahoe